Role of MLK3 in the regulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling cascades
Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Program in Molecular Medicine
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Mixed-lineage protein kinase 3 (MLK3) is a member of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase kinase kinase group that has been implicated in multiple signaling cascades, including the NF-kappaB pathway and the extracellular signal-regulated kinase, c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK), and p38 MAP kinase pathways. Here, we examined the effect of targeted disruption of the murine Mlk3 gene. Mlk3(-/-) mice were found to be viable and healthy. Primary embryonic fibroblasts prepared from these mice exhibited no major signaling defects. However, we did find that MLK3 deficiency caused a selective reduction in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-stimulated JNK activation. Together, these data demonstrate that MLK3 contributes to the TNF signaling pathway that activates JNK.
DOI of Published Version
Mol Cell Biol. 2005 May;25(9):3670-81. Link to article on publisher's site
Molecular and cellular biology
Brancho, Deborah Marie; Ventura, Juan-Jose; Jaeschke, Anja; Doran, Beth; Flavell, Richard A.; and Davis, Roger J., "Role of MLK3 in the regulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling cascades" (2005). GSBS Student Publications. 127.